Containerized Greens

This metal feed or watering trough is excellent for growing vegetables

This metal feed or watering trough is excellent for growing vegetables.

It is always fun to travel and see something that will work for lots of folks. At a pruning conference at Duke Gardens this week, I discovered in their homeowner demo garden, they were using these cattle troughs to grow fall veggies. These containers are usually available in various sizes at feed and seed stores starting at under $100. Once you take out the plug to allow for drainage, they make excellent growing containers because they are deep enough to allow good soil depth and sturdy enough to last for years. Remember to cover the drain hole with something like coffee filters to prevent the soil from stopping it up before you add any materials. I like to put at least 6 inches of drainage material like gravel in the bottom before I add the soil mix. I don’t think it is too late to plant kale and other hardy greens in big containers like these for an early winter harvest.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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